Manu De Mey
About the Artist
Manu De Mey was born in Antwerp in 1965, his mother a British artist and his father a Flemish accountant. He grew up as the eldest of four boys in Kalmthout, a beautiful heathland in the North of Belgium. In his twenties he moved to the city of Antwerp where he started his own business as web designer. He started making digital graphic art as a hobby in 2008. In September 2017 he had a creative epiphany at the Burning Man festival in the desert of Nevada, USA and enrolled himself only days after returning at the Art Academy of Mortsel, Antwerp and started sketching and painting, something he had not done for 30 years. He learned himself to draw in 6 months and hasn’t stopped drawing and painting since. He now lives in Antwerp with his girlfriend and 2 young adult boys. At home he has his atelier where he draws and paints figurative art, mainly portraits.
With his art, Manu tries to create something visually striking and convey some sort of strong emotion. His portraits often are ambiguous and this is mostly intentional. Manu’s world is populated with sad, melancholic people with suppressed emotion, often beautiful but damaged woman. Manu has only started to come out with his work a few years ago and has had several expositions in Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid, Italy, Monaco and Cairo.
Thanks to digital platforms Manu has sold a lot of his work internationally, including the USA, Ukrain, Hong Kong, Taiwan and all over Europe.